“Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes
The White Stripes was an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group consisted of songwriter Jack White (vocals, guitar, and keyboards) and drummer Meg White (drums and occasional vocals). Jack and Meg White were previously married to each other, but divorced in early 2007. After releasing several singles and three albums within the Detroit music scene, the White Stripes gained media attention as part of the garage rock revival scene. Their successful and critically acclaimed albums White Blood Cells and Elephant drew them enormous attention from a large variety of media outlets in the United States and the United Kingdom, with “Seven Nation Army,” (Elephant) and its now-iconic guitar riff becoming a huge hit.
Elephant garnered much critical acclaim upon its release. It received a perfect 5 out of 5 star rating from Rolling Stone magazine, and enjoys a near-unanimous 92% positive rating on Metacritic. Elephant was additionally notable for Jack White’s first formal use of guitar soloing, and Rolling Stone Magazine placed him at #17 on its list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. That same year, Elephant was ranked number 390 on the magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
The White Stripes released 6 albums and won as many Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Song for “Seven Nation Army”. The band continues to have an enormous following, and Jack White has also had a successful solo career. The band managed to bottle their angst, paranoia, and emotion into intelligent lyrics and visionary instrumentals, and the result is spectacular. For this we must thank The White Stripes!